Autos increase use of bio-chems
Autos's company are adopting renewable-based materials and chemicals for their automobiles. According to the International Rubber Study Group, the automotive sector accounts for more than 50% of worldwide rubber consumption, which exceeded 22m tonnes in 2008. Automotive rubber use is expected to rise more than 4% through 2013. The researchers found that using soy materials as a 25% replacement for petroleum oil-based carbon black more than doubled rubber's stretchability. The rubber research, which was funded in part by grants from the United Soybean Board, included the use of soy fillers as well as soy oils.
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